A federal judge has granted class certification in an action against the Social Security Administration (SSA) which seeks to compel SSA to communicate with blind and visually impaired individuals in accessible formats, such as large print, Braille, audio and electronic means. American Council of the Blind v. Astrue, No. C 05-04696 WHA (N.D. Cal. 9/11/08). The complaint alleges that SSA’s failure to provide notices and other communications in formats accessible to people with visual impairments denies them the equal access to SSA programs required under § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Fifth Amendment due process clause. The government’s motions to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds and for failure to state a cause of action were denied in earlier rulings. 2008 WL 1858928 (4/23/08), 2008 WL 2050852 (5/13/08).
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Unfinished Business: Designing Appeals Procedures in the Dual-Eligible Demonstrations helps stakeholders focus their advocacy about appeals on areas where a consumer voice can have the most potential to affect programs, by highlighting the many areas where appeal rights and procedures have not yet been fully developed. – December 2014
What’s In A Notice? How Notices Of Action Protect Consumers In Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports provides advocates with the specific information that must be included in each notice of action to meet due process requirements, and outlines how continuation of services and aid-paid-pending plays out in the managed LTSS context. – November 2014
Conflict Free Case Management: Themes in States Implementing New Systems provides background on conflict-free case management and reviews existing regulations and guidance. – October 2014
Action Steps for Consumers and Advocates Regarding the New Home Care Rule: How to Prevent Service Cuts and Protect Consumer-Directed Programs provides steps that consumers and advocates should take in their states to ensure proper implementation of new federal rule. – September 2014
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